This DIY Play Stand is an imaginative toy to keep your kids entertained! It can be a lemonade stand, an ice cream stand, a market- the possibilities are endless! Your kids will have hours of fun with this easy to make and inexpensive project!
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So this past weekend was T’s first birthday party! Gah!! My heart is crying all the bittersweet mommy tears but I held it together super well. I think it was the combination of being super happy and and crazy busy being a hostess to our guests.
T’s party was definitely a labor of love. It was a lot of work (understatement of the year!) as we took on some pretty major projects. What can I say, I just can’t leave well enough alone.
I’m dying to share all the adorable details of T’s Ice Cream Social Birthday Party, but I have a bajillion photos to sift through and edit, so I apologize but you’ll have to wait until week. I know that’s horribly mean of me to give a few details without giving too much away but trust me, this will be worth the wait.
Between coming down from the party and a huge snowstorm we are all pretty exhausted in the Freimann home- and my little T has a bit of a cold :(. The whole weekend was a whirlwind of work and fun, and J and his dad worked even harder!
My in-laws were staying with us over the weekend. So even though there was a ton of work involved, it was also so much fun. They were super helpful and willing to lend a hand whenever possible, which is always appreciated (my in-laws > other in-laws)!
Even though I’m not able to share all the fabulous party details yet, I wanted to share a little project J whipped up for the girls. After we agreed on the theme of T’s first birthday, we dove head first in the planning. I thought it might be fun to have a play ice cream stand for the kids to play with and I knew I’d want to have one that could also double as a lemonade stand or a pretend market or anything that their imaginations wanted it to be.
So after seeing some different photos on Pinterest, J came up with a game plan and got to work. And here are the directions, from him to you:
3 wooden crates (similar)
2 1 in. x 2 in x 8 ft. Furring Strip Boards
Woodgrain Millwork WP 280 11/16 in. x 1-1/16 in. x 96 in. Primed Finger-Jointed Pine Backband Moulding (This will be cut into 4 pieces- two will be 39 in. and two will be 12 1/2 in. – You will use these to make the frame for the chalk board)
A piece of chalk board (ours measured 38 1/4 in. x 11 7/8 in.)
Wood glue (optional)
- Cut the furring straps- the first will be cut in half (these will be the posts that hold up the chalk board sign) and the other will be cut into 6 pieces that are approximately 16 in. each (these will help nail the crates together).
- Cut the trim- you don’t necessarily need to do this, but it’s a nicer touch. Two pieces will be 39 in. and two pieces will be 12 1/2 in. I cut the ends at a 45 degree angle so I could build a frame around the chalkboard. Your measurements may vary, depending on how big your chalkboard is.
- Paint all your wood and the crates and let it dry (I didn’t paint the inside of the crates, but only because I was using leftover paint from T’s dresser and ran out!)
- Place the pieces of support wood into the inner corners where the crates are touching and nail three nails into the top, middle and bottom to secure the crates together. I used these extra pieces of wood to prevent having the nails exposed since the slats on the crates are so thin.
- Staple the chalkboard to the frame. You can also use some glue to help adhere the pieces of frame together.
- Nail the whole chalkboard to the from to the posts.
- Nail the posts/chalkboard to the outside of the crates.
I could not be happier with how this turned out. This whole project cost us around $50, which is taking into account the fact that we had coupons and some of the material already in our possession. I absolutely cannot wait to see the fun and imaginative ways my girls use it over the years. It was already a huge hit at the party and went along perfectly with this play ice cream set that we bought them to go with it!
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